Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Rahmanian's graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen. The play also features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali. Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016.
There is a great power in live performance. Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic exposes children and adults to a broader view of this world. It introduces new characters and places, teaches them about the history of civilization and reinforces the positive attributes of what it means to be human.
Conceived, Designed and Directed by Hamid Rahmanian In Collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Productions Original Music by Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali
Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions
Written and adapted by Hamid Rahmanian Co-writer: Vikas Menon Based on the book, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings Storyboards & Concept Development by Syd Fini Puppets handcrafted by Neda Kazemifar and Spica Wobbe Digital Media Directed and Orchestrated by Mohammad Talani Assistant Director: Fred C. Riley III